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  1. Event
    The landscape of the health and care system in England is challenging and complex, and the system is facing profound challenges. At this event, which will take place virtually over two days, policy and leadership experts from The King’s Fund will help you gain a greater understanding of how the health and care system in England works and how it is changing, giving balanced and honest views about the pressures and opportunities it faces. In the run-up to the anticipated general election, our experts will also explore which health and care topics are likely to dominate at the election and which are not, and what this means for people working in the sector.  Delegates will:  make sense of how the NHS is structured and funded learn how various components at system, place and neighbourhood levels come together to create integrated care systems (ICSs) gain an understanding of the key components of primary care and the role they play in the health care system hear about health inequalities and how groups from the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector support wider efforts to improve health inequalities gain a clear understanding of how the social care system is structured, who works in it, and how it is funded learn about the current pressures facing the health care workforce and what this means for the sustainability of the system have the opportunity, through a dedicated session, to ask any questions not answered throughout the event. Register
  2. Content Article
    This blog by Healthwatch outlines research conducted by the organisation that shows the issues homeless people face accessing the health and social care they need. The research demonstrates that homeless people: have particular problems accessing GPs and other services. experience serious problems accessing NHS dentistry. may forgo care because of the costs of travelling to appointments. often feel judged by healthcare professionals and not well cared for. The blog also discusses the impact that integrated care systems could have in improving accessibility and quality of care for homeless people.
  3. News Article
    The medical leaders of the maternity unit of a flagship hospital threatened with closure have written to their chief executive saying the downgrade would not be safe, HSJ has learned. Nineteen obstetric and gynaecological staff, including the clinical director, wrote to the chair and CEO of the Royal Free London Foundation Trust this week saying the proposals to shutter services at the trust’s main site in Hampstead would increase the risk of harm to mothers. Their letter said: “Whilst we accept, and support, the need to review provision of maternity and neonatal services across [north central London], aiming for care excellence and best outcomes, we have significant concerns about the current proposals.” The letter said the Royal Free was the only unit in NCL to offer a “range of supporting specialist services for complex maternity care”, including rheumatology and neurology and is the “only hospital in NCL to provide both 24-hour interventional radiology and on-site acute vascular surgery and urology support”. The medics’ letter said co-morbidities from cardiac, renal, haematological and neurological conditions had driven an increase in maternal mortality over the past decade and that RFH’s services were well-equipped to manage these complex cases. Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 24 January 2024
  4. Content Article
    This statement from NHS England outlines how NHS organisations should collect and present data on health inequalities and explains the powers available to them to collect such data. Integrated care boards, trusts and foundation trusts should use the statement to identify key information on health inequalities and set out how they have responded to it in annual reports. The statement has been produced according to NHS England's duty under section 13SA of the National Health Service Act 2006.
  5. News Article
    At least half of all integrated care systems lack a plan to defend the services they oversee from a cyber attack, HSJ has discovered. Integrated care systems are responsible for bolstering the cyber resilience of the organisations in their area. This includes having a “system-wide plan for maintaining robust cyber security”. However, research by HSJ has found that only ten ICSs would confirm they had such a plan. Twenty-six ICSs admitted they did not have a plan in place, while six systems did not respond to HSJ’s inquiries. See the end of the story for the full list. Of those without a plan, only 10 said they were developing one. NHS England had initially asked each ICS to submit draft cyber security strategies by the end of May, before sending final versions by the end of September but is now thought to be drawing up new timelines. Some regions appear particularly exposed. All four ICSs in the North East and Yorkshire region admitted they did not have a cyber security plan, while no ICS in either the London or South East region could confirm they did. An NHSE spokesman told HSJ it was “vital” that ICSs have “robust plans in place to manage the specific cyber risks in their local areas to protect patient data and systems”. Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 15 January 2024
  6. Event
    Integrated care systems (ICSs) have the potential to radically transform health and care through collaboration, long-term thinking, and by pushing the boundaries of what is possible. In this summit, we give voice to innovative thinking and practices by hearing from senior leaders and partners from both within and outside of the health and care service, who have found ways to create meaningful impact by doing things differently. Be inspired by leaders who despite challenging circumstances and a backdrop of a 30% reduction in running costs have carved out opportunities for collaboration to create transformational change. Join us at this event to be at the forefront of discussions and debate on how ICSs can work differently to meet the needs of their local populations and fulfil their original purpose. Through keynote speeches, panel debates, case studies and interactive workshops, this summit will explore: how we meet the potential of ICSs to transform health and care the importance of focusing on prevention as a way of sustainably meeting the needs of local populations, and the role data has in it how provider collaboratives and Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) can work together differently and effectively to deliver integrated care services how reconvening community services so that care is moved closer to home can potentially transform the health and care system the value of working with patients and communities to provide better services how system-wide solutions can be utilised to tackle the workforce crisis what leading in uncertainty feels like and what can be learnt from it. Register
  7. Event
    The Birmingham Integrated Care Delivery Forum is taking place on 9 May 2024. Speakers confirmed so far include: Cathy Elliott, Chair, NHS West Yorkshire ICB Pearse Butler, Chair, NHS South Yorkshire ICB Naomi Eisenstadt, Chair, NHS Northamptonshire ICB Amanda Sullivan, CEO, NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICB Tapiwa Mtemachani, Director of Transformation and Partnerships, NHS Black Country ICB Dr Ananta Dave, Chief Medical Officer, NHS Black Country ICB The Integrated Care Delivery Forum is free to attend for public sector and third sector organisations. Register for the event
  8. News Article
    People in some more rural areas are missing out on specialist treatments they should be getting, while Londoners are receiving a lot more than their “fair share”, new NHS England figures suggest. NHS England has suggested the main cause is “systematic shortfalls in access [in] remote communities”, leaving “unmet need” for specialised services in these areas. However other factors, including coding and reporting practices, year-to-year fluctuation, and weaknesses in the formula, are also likely to be confusing the picture, sources said. The variation is being uncovered now because NHSE is preparing to fund many specialised services via allocations to integrated care boards. These allocations will be based on estimates of their populations’ healthcare needs, rather than NHSE negotiating payments directly with provider trusts – as it has since 2013. Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 3 January 2023
  9. Content Article
    A lack of coordination between the everyday primary and community services relied on by people using the NHS is leading to sub-standard care, missed opportunities for home or community-based treatments, and undue strain on hospitals that are already overstretched. There must be significant reform in terms of better staff training, improved data-sharing, flexible healthcare structures and collaboration across different professions in the healthcare system. These reforms will realise the potential of an integrated NHS and deliver more efficient healthcare services ensuring value for money and satisfied, healthier patients. This is the major conclusion of the report 'Patients at the centre: integrating primary and community care'. This report highlights the need for a seamlessly integrated patient-centric healthcare sector where patients are given the type of care they need, when, where, and how they need it; whether that be access to a GP, a pharmacist or a district or mental health nurse. The Government should focus more on preventative rather than reactive care to tackle the needs of an ageing population, many of whom are coping with complex health issues requiring intricate and continuous care.
  10. Content Article
    In this blog, Patient Safety Learning’s Chief Executive Helen Hughes reflects on the charity’s work and some of the key patient safety developments in the past 12 months and looks ahead to 2024.
  11. News Article
    GP practices with the most outdated technology and processes do not have enough staff or funding to take part in NHS England’s performance recovery programme, integrated care boards are warning. In new recovery plans which they were required to publish by NHSE, multiple ICBs have said that stretched capacity means hardly any practices have signed up to the “general practice improvement programme”, which is meant to help them implement the national primary care access recovery plan. The ICBs pointed out that the programme is time consuming, and practices which take part are not always given funding to pay for staff time. HSJ has reviewed the primary care recovery plans which all ICBs were required to bring to their board meetings in October and November, to explain how they were implementing the national plan published by NHSE in the spring. NHSE’s plan sought to improve ease and speed of access through spreading “modern” methods and processes; as well as measures to save clinicians’ time, improving same-day access, and delivering more appointments. But HSJ’s review of the ICB plans found several warning that their uptake of the improvement plan was off track, especially for “intermediate” and “intensive” support, which require substantial time for the practices, and are likely to be required by those most in need of help. Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 12 December 2023
  12. Content Article
    NHS England has outlined plans to develop an improvement approach - NHS IMPACT - to support continuous improvement. There are also ambitions for integrated care systems (ICSs) to become ‘self-improving systems’. This report, written and researched by Sir Chris Ham and jointly commissioned by the NHS Confederation, the Health Foundation and the Q community, reviews the experience of a number of ICSs identified as being at the forefront of this work, focusing on the approaches they have taken and the results achieved.
  13. News Article
    Health systems are still struggling to meet their financial plans, despite hundreds of millions being raided from investment budgets to help balance the books. Senior leaders in most regions said the cash falls short of their existing financial gaps. Earlier this month, NHS England announced that £800m would be made available to integrated care systems (ICSs) to offset the additional cost of strikes. HSJ understands ICSs reported a combined deficit that was £1.5bn worse than planned in the six months to October, which implies a gap of several hundred million pounds unless systems can report substantial surpluses for the second half of the year. HSJ spoke to senior sources in all seven regions, with more than half saying their systems would still fail to deliver breakeven, despite the funding transfers. A source in the South East said their system’s share of the funding “won’t touch the sides”, adding that NHSE was playing “hardball”. Another local source said they had identified a set of “nuclear options” to balance the books, but these would be “catastrophic for quality of care and/or nigh-on impossible to deliver”. Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 22 November 2023
  14. Content Article
    The scale of the health inequalities challenge can often feel daunting and overwhelming for system leaders, but tackling health inequalities is one of the four statutory purposes of integrated care systems (ICSs) to support communities to live long, healthy lives. This article outlines a project the NHS Confederation has launched to support healthcare leaders adopt best practice to address this issue.
  15. News Article
    The NHS should better track patients with the greatest clinical need so they can move to the front of the queue for treatment, a former government waiting list tsar has said. Anthony “Mac” McKeever told HSJ the health service could improve how it works through its elective backlog by using a system introduced during the covid pandemic to prioritise the most pressing cases. He said a “large chunk” of cases were still not given a code to say how long they are considered to be able to wait for surgery, which is at the heart of this process. Mr McKeever retired as Mid and South Essex Integrated Care Board chief executive this month following nearly five decades in the health service, including as a trust leader. Although Mr McKeever said he only knew the regional situation for the East of England, he would be “very surprised” if the national picture was any different. Waiting list expert Rob Findlay agreed this was a reasonable assumption. Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 17 November 2023
  16. Content Article
    Structural, economic and social factors can lead to inequalities in the length of time people wait for NHS planned hospital care – such as hip or knee operations – and their experience while they wait. In 2020, after the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, NHS England asked NHS trusts and systems to take an inclusive approach to tackling waiting lists by disaggregating waiting times by ethnicity and deprivation to identify inequalities and to take action in response. This was an important change to how NHS organisations were asked to manage waiting lists – embedding work to tackle health inequalities into the process. Between December 2022 and June 2023, the King’s Fund undertook qualitative case studies about the implementation of this policy in three NHS trusts and their main integrated care boards (ICBs), and interviewed a range of other people about using artificial intelligence (AI) to help prioritise care. It also reviewed literature, NHS board papers and national waiting times data. The aim was to understand how the policy was being interpreted and implemented locally, and to extract learning from this. It found work was at an early stage, although there were examples of effective interventions that made appointments easier to attend, and prioritised treatment and support while waiting. Reasons for the lack of progress included a lack of clarity about the case for change, operational challenges such as poor data, cultural issues including different views about a fair approach, and a lack of accountability for the inclusive part of elective recovery. Taking an inclusive approach to tackling waiting lists should be a core part of effective waiting list management and can contribute to a more equitable health system and healthier communities. Tackling inequalities on waiting lists is also an important part of the NHS’s wider ambitions to address persistent health inequalities. But to improve the slow progress to date, NHS England, ICBs and trusts need to work with partners to make the case for change, take action and hold each other to account.
  17. Content Article
    'Gridlock' of patients in urgent and emergency care is often attributed to a lack of onward capacity for people leaving hospital, leading to delayed discharges that back up the system. But does this explanation often favoured by government and policy makers tell the whole story? The Nuffield Trust's Quality Watch investigates whether the pattern is visible in patient journeys through urgent and emergency care at the integrated care system level.
  18. Content Article
    A new report from the Public Policy Projects (PPP) calls on integrated care systems (ICSs) to harness the unique capabilities of the pharmacy sector and implement a pharmacy-led transformation of healthcare delivery. The report, Driving true value from medicines and pharmacy, is chaired by Yousaf Ahmad, ICS Chief Pharmacist and Director of Medicines Optimisation at Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System, and is the culmination of three roundtable events attended by key stakeholders from across the pharmacy sector and ICS leadership. Insight from these roundtables has also been accepted as evidence in the Health and Care Select Committee’s recent inquiry into the future of the pharmacy sector.
  19. Content Article
    Good practice guidance for integrated care boards (commissioners and providers) produced by NHS England. This community rehabilitation and reablement model, published alongside the intermediate care framework, aims to ensure that the individual (and their families) is at the centre of discussions and that any transition points will be as seamless as possible.
  20. Content Article
    The ICS Delivery Forum is a series of regional conferences hosted by Public Policy Projects. Each event convenes local ICS leadership, key health and care experts and other stakeholders including industry leaders. A series of panel discussions and case study presentations are given throughout the day. This document summarises the key insights from the Leeds ICS Delivery Forum event held in Leeds on 28 June 2023. The document placed these discussions into the broader context of health and care transformation, both at a local and national level. As such, wider sources and research are used to expand upon the key points.
  21. Content Article
    The ICS Delivery Forum is a series of regional conferences hosted by Public Policy Projects. Each event convenes local ICS leadership, key health and care experts and other stakeholders including industry leaders. A series of panel discussions and case study presentations are given throughout the day. This document summarises key insights from the Manchester ICS Delivery Forum event held on 25 May 2023. The document places these discussions into the broader context of health and care transformation, both at a local and national level, so wider sources and research are used to expand upon the key points. It looks at the following aspects of integration in Manchester: Community engagement Working with VCSE organisations Governance
  22. Content Article
    This editorial in the HSJ outlines the financial issues facing Integrated Care Systems (ICS) in England, drawing attention to deficits reported in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and East London. HSJ Deputy Editor Dave West highlights that neither the Government nor the opposition are keen to signal new funding adequate to deal with these funding gaps.
  23. Content Article
    It is more important than ever that Integrated Care Systems (ICS) invest urgently in community mental health. The introduction of the Community Mental Health Framework in 2019 presented a once-in-a-generation opportunity for mental health systems.   With ringfenced transformation funding coming to an end in April 2024 and in a climate of crisis and uncertainty, we need to ensure these changes are embedded.  Rethink Mental Illness have launched their new report, 'Building Community into the Integrated Care System; A practical guide to developing robust community mental health', where they: Summarise the significant challenges facing mental healthcare. Provide a toolkit of practical, workable solutions to common barriers to transformation. Explore the role that the VCSE sector can have in pursuing the four core aims and future goals of ICSs.  
  24. Event
    The introduction of integrated care systems (ICSs) has placed a renewed focus on how organisations can work together to integrate care to meet the needs of local populations. However, much of the activity to integrate care, improve population health and tackle inequalities will be driven by commissioners and providers collaborating over smaller geographies (often referred to as ‘places’) within ICSs. This King's Fund conference will provide an opportunity to discuss how effectively place-based care is being delivered across the health and care system, how place-based partnerships – collaborative arrangements that typically include the NHS, local government and others such as voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations and social care providers with responsibilities for planning and delivering services – are evolving, and whether more needs to be done to involve places and communities in developing local approaches to reducing health inequalities. Conference sessions will also explore how ICSs and mayoral combined authorities are developing approaches to supporting the development of healthy places in their locality. You will hear from local partners from the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, local government and more widely across the health and care system about their role in developing integrated plans, healthy places and neighbourhoods. Register
  25. News Article
    A district general hospital has accused a major teaching trust of ‘failing to adhere to arrangements’ made around the provision of acute stroke services, sparking patient safety warnings in a local integrated care board’s (ICB) risk register. Harrogate and District Foundation Trust’s accusation that its neighbour, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, is failing to comply with protocol around acute stroke pathways was published in West Yorkshire ICB’s risk register. The ICB’s September risk register also said the “risk to patient safety is significant and probable if the situation remains unresolved”. The issues centre on the provision of hyper-acute stroke unit beds, which provide the first two to three days of care for patients with newly diagnosed strokes, and what happens to patients requiring acute stroke care following their initial HASU stay. West Yorkshire ICB said in its September’s performance report that the problem had “grown due to two recent clinical incidents,” but added “there is no quick solution to this problem”. Harrogate has raised concerns with the ICB in recent months that “a number of patients are not receiving HASU level care at Leeds”. Read full story (paywalled) Source: HSJ, 3 October 2023
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